XPO - Not Much Current Info . .

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's Comment
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As the title says - I did a search and there isn't much recent feedback/information regarding XPO.

I've had my CDL for many years and did not drive CDL-A trucks since finishing school, although I have been driving B and light mediums for years. XPO is advertising for home daily positions in the local (Allentown) terminal with 5 or 7 week training for unlicensed/inexperienced drivers, which appeals to me. I spoke with a recruiter and they are instead going to offer me the opportunity to come in for a road test to evaluate my skills, and if acceptable will simply train me in Allentown for a few weeks.

They are offering either P&D or line-haul. I'm looking for any feedback about XPO in general, and maybe some opinions about choosing between the two job options if I sign on . . .

Thank for anything you care to offer

Gregg

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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XPO is like any other LTL company it all depends on the terminal. Overall their equipment seems to be very hit and miss I've seen them with a few Sterlings still, from what I heard their CEO is extremely cheap when it comes to equipment.

As far as linehaul or P&D it will depend on what you want to do. Linehaul is pretty much all over night while but usually makes more. P&D maybe more of a 9 to 5 type situation. Here at OD P&D has a set schedule they start at a certain time usually upto 10 hours and then they are done.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Banks's Comment
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XPO is on a short list of companies I wouldn't work for.

Their docks and equipment are not in good condition. Everything from the trucks to the load bars are not well maintained.

Their operations leave a lot to be desired. It starts at the top. Brad Jacobs is an investor and he has a history of buy low sell high. He bit off more than he could chew here. He bought the company without an understanding of the freight business and his priority is money. Everything else, including safety, comes second.

Perfect example is them updating they're ELDs from vnomics to samsara after numerous hits from the DOT affecting their CSA score.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'm with Banks. XPO is a shell of what Conway was when my dad worked there for 25 years. He's heard some things about how XPO operates from someone he knows who still works there which are less than flattering. 2 weeks ago I saw 2 XPO sets on the side of the highway with in 40 miles of each other that had the brakes lock up on their set. I rarely see one truck like that let alone 2 so close together, which kinda lines up with what my dad hear about their maintenance.

Rhino's Comment
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Try reddaway/yrc they will train. Union n good benefits. I started right out of school and have been here about 8 months

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'm with Banks. XPO is a shell of what Conway was when my dad worked there for 25 years. He's heard some things about how XPO operates from someone he knows who still works there which are less than flattering. 2 weeks ago I saw 2 XPO sets on the side of the highway with in 40 miles of each other that had the brakes lock up on their set. I rarely see one truck like that let alone 2 so close together, which kinda lines up with what my dad hear about their maintenance.

I can't even FIND which XPO to look up on 'SAFER WEB.' I know we 'had' a branch, in Dublin, Ohio.. 20 years ago!

Sheesh...

Wish I had more info.

Listen to the people above, try OD, FXF, ABF, et al.. IMHO!

~ Anne ~

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